Key title: Insubrica Historica.
Abbreviated key title: Insubrica Hist.
www.insubricahistorica.ch, www.insubricahistorica.it, www.insubricahistorica.com
Katia Rues (1978) is a volunteer in Insubrica Historica and a historian who is interested in themes related to the Russian community in Ticino and the Ticinesi architects and engineers in Russia. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Studies.
What is Insubrica?
The Insubrica region belongs geologically to the Periadriatic Seam (or see here for another perspective). It is a distinct in the Southern Europe, S-shaped, running about 1000 km from the Tyrrhenian Sea through the whole Southern Alps. It forms the division between the Adriatic plate and the European plate.
Insubria is a historical-geographical region which corresponds to the area inhabited in Classical antiquity by the Insubres. The Insubres or Insubri were a Gaulish population (part of the Golasecca Culture) settled in the part what is today known as the region of Lombardy. They were the founders of Mediolanum (Milan). Though becoming completely Gaulish at the time of the Roman conquest, they resulted from the fusion between Ligurian and Celtic populations with Gaulish tribes.
The community, founded in 1995, includes the provinces of Varese, Como, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Lecco, Novara and the Italian speaking part, which forms naturally the Canton of Ticino, in Switzerland.
The region includes the territory of pre-Alpine lakes situated on the border between Switzerland and Italy where Italian language and West-Lombard dialects are spoken.